1.Novel sustained-release of propafenone through pellets: preparation and in vitro/in vivo evaluation.
Zhang L1, Jiang P2, Liu J3. Int J Mol Sci. 2014 Sep 2;15(9):15503-11. doi: 10.3390/ijms150915503.
In this study, an extrusion-spheronization method was applied successfully to fabricate propafenone hydrochloride (PPF) sustained-release pellets. Using scanning electron microscopy, it was shown that the PPF pellets had a mean size of approximately 950 µm with a spherical shape. The in vitro release profiles indicated that the release of PPF from the pellets exhibited a sustained release behavior. The relatively high correlation coefficient (r) values obtained from the analysis of the amount of the drug released versus the square root of time indicated that the release followed a zero order kinetic model. A similar phenomenon was also observed in a pharmacokinetic study in dogs, in which the area under the curve (AUC) of the pellet formulation was 1.2-fold higher than that of PPF tablets. The present work demonstrated the feasibility of controlled delivery of PPF utilizing microcrystalline cellulose (MCC)-based pellets.
2.Channel Activity of Cardiac Ryanodine Receptors (RyR2) Determines Potency and Efficacy of Flecainide and R-Propafenone against Arrhythmogenic Calcium Waves in Ventricular Cardiomyocytes.
Savio-Galimberti E1, Knollmann BC2. PLoS One. 2015 Jun 29;10(6):e0131179. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0131179. eCollection 2015.
Flecainide blocks ryanodine receptor type 2 (RyR2) channels in the open state, suppresses arrhythmogenic Ca2+ waves and prevents catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT) in mice and humans. We hypothesized that differences in RyR2 activity induced by CPVT mutations determines the potency of open-state RyR2 blockers like flecainide (FLEC) and R-propafenone (RPROP) against Ca2+ waves in cardiomyocytes. Using confocal microscopy, we studied Ca2+ sparks and waves in isolated saponin-permeabilized ventricular myocytes from two CPVT mouse models (Casq2-/-, RyR2-R4496C+/-), wild-type (c57bl/6, WT) mice, and WT rabbits (New Zealand white rabbits). Consistent with increased RyR2 activity, Ca2+ spark and wave frequencies were significantly higher in CPVT compared to WT mouse myocytes. We next obtained concentration-response curves of Ca2+ wave inhibition for FLEC, RPROP (another open-state RyR2 blocker), and tetracaine (TET) (a state-independent RyR2 blocker).
3.Preparative enantioseparation of propafenone by counter-current chromatography using di-n-butyl L-tartrate combined with boric acid as the chiral selector.
Tong S1, Shen M, Zheng Y, Chu C, Li XN, Yan J. J Sep Sci. 2013 Sep;36(18):3101-6. doi: 10.1002/jssc.201300614. Epub 2013 Aug 6.
This paper extends the research of the utilization of borate coordination complexes in chiral separation by counter-current chromatography (CCC). Racemic propafenone was successfully enantioseparated by CCC with di-n-butyl l-tartrate combined with boric acid as the chiral selector. The two-phase solvent system was composed of chloroform/ 0.05 mol/L acetate buffer pH 3.4 containing 0.10 mol/L boric acid (1:1, v/v), in which 0.10 mol/L di-n-butyl l-tartrate was added in the organic phase. The influence of factors in the enantioseparation of propafenone were investigated and optimized. A total of 92 mg of racemic propafenone was completely enantioseparated using high-speed CCC in a single run, yielding 40-42 mg of (R)- and (S)-propafenone enantiomers with an HPLC purity over 90-95%. The recovery for propafenone enantiomers from fractions of CCC was in the range of 85-90%.